Admissions FAQs

1. JUPAS Admissions

1.1 What are the programmes offered by CUHK Business School?
JS4202 Integrated BBA
JS4214 Global Business Studies
JS4264 Integrated BBA and Juris Doctor
JS4240 Professional Accountancy
JS4226 Hospitality and Real Estate Management
JS4252 Quantitative Finance
JS4238 Insurance, Financial and Actuarial Analysis
JS4254 Interdisciplinary Major Programme in Global Economics and Finance
JS4276 Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science
1.2 What are the entrance requirements for business programmes?
The minimum eligibility to apply is 4 core and 2 elective subjects, with the minimum requirements for the 4 core subjects of Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics, Liberal Studies at level 3322 respectively. Programme-specific minimum requirements are as follow:

In addition to public examination results, candidates’ school reference reports, school examination results, extra-curricular achievements and other learning experiences will also be taken into consideration.

1.3 How is the admission score calculated?

From 2017 entry, programmes offered by the University calculate admission scores based on the two selection principles below:

(A) Best 5, or the total score of Best 5 HKDSE subjects
(B) 4C+2X, or the total score of

(i) 4 core subjects and 2 best electives; or
(ii) 4 core and 1 best elective subject and Maths M1/M2

For details, please refer to Programme Selection Principles and HKDSE Subject Weighting.

1.4 How will bonus points be awarded to extra elective subjects?

In addition to subjects considered in the selection principles of programmes (that is, Best 5 or 4C+2X), applicants’ performance in extra elective subjects will be considered, and bonus points will be awarded to up to the 7th subject.

1.5 Do students have to take the Extended Modules in Mathematics?

For business programmes, students are not required to take the Extended Modules in the Mathematics subject.

1.6 Will CUHK consider Applied Learning subjects?

Some programmes will accept “Attained with Distinction” in Applied Learning subjects as extra elective subjects. Applied Learning subjects will not be considered as the elective subject in the minimum eligibility for application of 4 core and 2 elective subjects.

1.7 Will CUHK consider Other Language subjects?

Other Language subjects (with Grade E or above) will be recognised as unspecified elective subjects in meeting the entrance requirements in university admission.

1.8 Will the Other Learning Experiences of students affect their application? And how can students submit their Student Learning Profile (SLP)?

CUHK will consider the experiences and achievements in Other Learning Experiences of students submitted using the relevant template in the JUPAS application form. Students may also submit their Student Learning Profile (SLP) through JUPAS for reference. If students are invited for interviews, they may also present their portfolios, as the information may provide topics for discussion during interviews.

OEA information submitted by applicants as part of their JUPAS application form will serve as additional reference for admission selection and can also be used as a framework or discussion during selection interviews.

1.9 Does the programme know the order of my programme choices?

No. The JUPAS computer system is designed to ensure that the information on actual priority of programme choices of each applicant are not revealed to the participating-institutions until after the announcement of the Main Round offer results. The participating-institutions/programmes only have a general idea of how you rank your programme choices. They do not have access to your actual rank list. Your preferences are made known to the participating-institutions/programmes in the form of 5 bands as follows:

Band Programme Choice No.
A 1-3
B 4-6
C 7-10
D 11-15
E 16-20
1.10 When will programmes arrange interviews for JUPAS applicants?

Please refer to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website at:

http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/jupas/download.html

1.11 How will my interview performance affect my chance of admission?

The selection interview is an opportunity for the programme to better understand the aptitude and aspiration of an applicant. For programmes that conduct selection interviews, interview performance is one of the factors taken into consideration in admission decisions when determining applicants’ priority on the merit order list, if any.

1.12 How are candidates selected for interviews?

Only those applicants who put CUHK Business School programmes in Band A would be invited to join the interview.

1.13 Shall I be given a conditional offer after the interview?

No. As a gentlemen rule, all universities will not grant conditional offers to applicants after the interview, with the exception of those under School Principal’s Nomination, Other Experiences and Achievements, and Sports Scholarship Scheme.

1.14 Am I still considered if I am not granted an interview?

Yes, applicants will still be considered by the University for admission even if they are not invited to attend an interview. Their public examination results, non-academic experience / achievements and other factors than deem appropriate will be taken into consideration.

2. International Students / Non-JUPAS (Local) Admissions

2.1 Can I apply for admission to the University through both JUPAS and Non-JUPAS (Local) Admission Scheme at the same time?

No. Applicants can apply through either one of the two schemes according to their academic qualifications in the same academic year but NOT both.

2.2 Can students apply for admission through Non-JUPAS on the strength of their IB exam results?

Applicants with qualifications other than HKDSE results (for example, IB, GCE/INT A-Level, GSAT, OSSD, and Sub-degree, etc.) should apply through Non-JUPAS Admission Scheme for admission.

2.3 Will students with recognised HKALE equivalent or above qualifications (for example, IB, GCE/INT A-Level and Sub-degree) be admitted on Advanced Standing status?

Students who meet specific requirements as stipulated by the University for particular qualifications (including GCE-AL, International-AL, IB, Cambridge Pre-U, HKALE, associate degree/higher diploma) may apply for “Admission with Advanced Standing”. The minimum number of units for graduation for students admitted with Advanced Standing may be reduced by up to 24 (normative period of study may be reduced by up to one year).

2.4 I note that there are Non-JUPAS (Local) and International admission channels to apply to the business programmes. Which channel should I apply?

If you require a student visa to study in Hong Kong, you can apply for full-time undergraduate studies at CUHK through “International Students Admission Scheme”. Those who have the right of abode in Hong Kong or the right to land in Hong Kong (i.e. those who do not require a student visa to study in Hong Kong) should apply via the “Non-JUPAS (Local) Scheme”.

2.5 Are there any minimum admission requirements for Non-JUPAS applicants?

Applicants shall be eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, they possess any of the following qualifications:

GCE-AL/ International-AL/ IB

– GCE/INT (passes 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting)
– International Baccalaureate Diploma (for preferred subject requirements of the programmes, please click here)

For candidates who have completed only GCE-AS or the first year of IB Diploma studies with outstanding results, they may be considered for admission under special circumstances on individual merits case-by-case.

Other high school qualifications
– A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ AP in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD in Canada, GSAT in Taiwan)

Post-secondary qualifications
– Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
– Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

2.6 Can I apply for credit transfer?

Applicants who have successfully completed courses at undergraduate level before admissions to the University may apply for course and unit exemption after they have registered as a student of the University. Such applications will be considered case by case, based on individual merits.

2.7 Can I apply for admission if my examination results have not yet been released before the application deadline?

You can still apply for admission to the University. You should submit the application form first before the deadline, and send the examination results to the University once available.

2.8 When and where should I submit my application?

Applicants can submit an application for Undergraduate admission to CUHK via the link below. Our online application system usually opens in early October each year. You are strongly encouraged to submit an advance offer round application on or before Mid-November for our early consideration.

“International Students Admissions Scheme”
“Non-JUPAS (Local) Scheme”

2.9 Should I apply for both advance offer round and regular round?

If you apply in the advance offer round and you have not received a decision, you do not need to submit your application again. The Programme(s) will automatically consider your application during the regular round.

2.10 When will interview for International / Non JUPAS Local applicants be held? In what format?

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews are normally held from December to August. For overseas applicants who are not available in Hong Kong, telephone / online interviews may be arranged if possible.

2.11 When will I receive an admission offer from CUHK?

Our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid makes offers of admission on a rolling basis. The admission status of your application is updated on your application account regularly. Offers are made on a rolling basis between January to August for successful candidates.

2.12 I am currently a Year 2 student of a bachelor’s degree programme at another University. Can I apply for a transfer to your Undergraduate Programme?

Non-JUPAS Local applicants who are given an admission offer are all admitted as Year 1 student, irrespective of the highest academic attainment one has achieved. However, applicants who have taken courses at undergraduate may apply for credit exemption upon registration as a CUHK student. Such application will be considered on individual merits case-by-case.

2.13 How many course units are required to earn a CUHK bachelor’s degree? What is the duration of CUHK Business School’s Undergraduate programme?

The normative four-year curriculum is built on a credit unit system, with flexibility and choices both in the selection of courses and in the sequence and pace of electives. With the exception of a few special programmes, the normative period of studies is four years, and students have to complete 123 units and fulfill requirements under separate categories.

2.14 How should I apply for an Admission Scholarship?

Applicants admitted to a full-time undergraduate programme will automatically be considered for admission scholarships. You will be considered for the eligibility for an admission scholarship based on your academic and non-academic achievements. The result will be announced at the same time as your offer of admission.

On top of the admission scholarships offered by the University, CUHK Business School also offers scholarship / allowance to outstanding international students. There is no need for you to submit a separate application for the scholarship.

2.15 What can I do if my final exam results do not meet the offer conditions for admission?

If your final exam results only fall off slightly from the offer conditions, you may submit an appeal by email to our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for special consideration. All appeals will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis.

2.16 Does CUHK Business School provide advising service to Undergraduate students?

Students will be assigned an academic advisor who will offer academic guidance and help students to adapt to university life. In line with CUHK’s holistic and balanced approach to education, we attach the highest importance to both academic and personal support, and to pastoral care.

For applicants from Mainland China

2.17 I am a current Gao Kao candidate from mainland China and would like to enroll in the business programme. How should I apply?

You should refer to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid website at: http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/sc/mainland/requirements.html

2.18 I am a student studying at an international high school in Mainland China. Are there any channels other than the National Colleges and Universities Enrolment System「全国普通高校统一招生计划」to apply to the business programme?

3. Curriculum

3.1 What is the curriculum structure for the 4-year curriculum?
3.2 What is Faculty Package?

Faculty Package allows students to take courses normally worth up to 9 credit units outside their Major but within the Faculty, thus broadening their knowledge beyond their chosen fields of specialisation. Credit units thus earned will count towards their Major Requirements.

3.3 Can I take double major, minors, and double degrees?

Students are given flexibility to take double majors, minors and double degrees, as long as it is within the purview of the University’s regulations. A coherent collection of 18 to 30 units in a discipline can constitute a Minor, and students can take up to two Minors according to their interest.

3.4 What are the University Core Courses?

The University Core Courses consist of Chinese Language, English Language, General Education, Information Technology and Physical Education.

4. Student Life

4.1 What Experiential Learning Activities are available at CUHK Business School?

We offer many experiential learning activities, including:
– Overseas Exchange Programme
– Internship Programme and Global Internship Programme
– Business Case Competitions (International and Local)
– Workshops and E-learning Platform
– Undergraduate Mentorship Programme

Complimenting the formal curriculum, these activities help students to broaden their horizons and achieve an all-round development.

4.2 What will the student’s first year experience be?

The first year experience at CUHK takes an integrated approach to student learning and development through curriculum design, student support programmes and extra-curricular activities. The University Core and Faculty Packages, much of which is taken in the first year, are designed to facilitate student transition by developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to independent learning. Meaningful relationships with teachers and fellow students from different academic disciplines can be established through small group interaction in some of these courses. Beyond the classroom education, orientation activities are offered before students commence their studies. Student support services and programmes, both academic and social, are tailored to the needs of first year students. Various extra-curricular activities organised by CUHK Business School, the Office of Student Affairs and the Colleges also encourage first year students’ participation, widening their exposure and enriching their learning.

4.3 What is the "College System"?

Of all universities in Hong Kong, CUHK is the only one that offers a college experience. Each undergraduate is assigned to one of the constituent Colleges, Chung ChiNew AsiaUnitedShawMorningsideS.H. HoCW ChuWu Yee Sun and Lee Woo Sing. The Colleges complement the formal curricula to deliver whole-person education and pastoral care. The college system encourages interaction among teachers, students and alumni.

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4.4 How are students assigned to Colleges?

Applicants who have been admitted to a full-time undergraduate programme will be asked to indicate their preferences for college affiliation. In assigning new students to different Colleges, it is desirable that each College would have students from different faculties or departments to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas and to widen the students’ intellectual perspective. The system for assigning new students to Colleges takes into consideration the preferences of students, their study programmes and admission scores. Priority is given to a new student to be assigned to his/her first-preference College if either of his/her parents is an alumnus of the College.

While students will be assigned college affiliation based on their preferences as far as possible, they may not be assigned to their most preferred College owing to limitation of places available.

4.5 Can students apply for hostel accommodation?

Yes, students admitted to the University can apply for hostel accommodation. Their applications will be considered by the respective Colleges.

The University has the largest number of hostel places among UGC-funded institutions.